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Photoshop is one of those programs that's so cool you just want to dive right in and start creating–but by plunging in head-first, without any guidance, you're likely to miss a lot. There's a solution: With this book, you learn by doing, getting your feet wet immediately as you progress through a series of hands-on projects that build on your growing Photoshop knowledge. Simple step-by-step instructions, review questions at the end of each chapter, and a companion CD with all of the book's project files make learning a breeze as the Adobe Creative Team takes you on a self-paced tour of the image-editing powerhouse. This bestselling guide has been completely revised to cover all of Photoshop CS2's new features, which include advanced tools for digital photographers, such as a new Spot Healing Brush for correcting scratches or blemishes, and Smart Sharpen for fixing photo blurring. Photoshop CS2 also includes loads of new creative tools, such as Vanishing Point and Image Warp. This comprehensive guide starts with an introductory tour of the software and then progresses on through lessons on everything from Photoshop's interface to more complex topics like color management, Web graphics, and photo retouching.
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The Adobe Creative Team is made up of designers, writers, and editors who have extensive, real-world knowledge of and expertise in using Adobe products. They work closely with the Adobe product development teams and Adobe's Instructional Communications team to come up with creative, challenging, and visually appealing projects to help both new and more experienced users get up to speed quickly on Adobe software products.
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First of all, it's an intro book. You start it as a beginner and end it as more knowledgeable beginner... And I don't say it because I feel like a beginner after reading. I shuffle through this book looking for a book to teach Photoshop, as I'm actually a trainer, so I could say an advanced user.
So, like I said, this book tells you what to do to get the result they want, but don't explain any options... So, if you want to do something else than the exact same effect, you'll have to try it for yourself... almost like a blind man.
For example, here's all that's in the book for the Blend mode options of the layer palette (free translation, since I have the French version):
"You can also apply to a layer different blend modes to modify the way the image combines itself with the layers below it (this mode is actually defined as normal)." And in the little exercice, at step 2: "Open the drop-down menu Blend mode, at the left of the Opacity text zone, and choose Luminosity." That's all you have on the Blend modes in all the book!! What about the other types?!? What is Luminosity!?! Why use Blend modes at all!?! We only have a note at the end of the exercise, saying: "For more informations on the layer's Blend modes, see the Photoshop online help." Well thanks, that's really good to pay 50$ to be said to look into the free online help...
And it's like that through all the book. And the book hovers about maybe 20% of Photoshop.
So, if you really just need that kind of informations, first forget about Photoshop and buy Photoshop Elements of another graphic software. If you want more and want to use Photoshop professionaly, then buy a professional book, like Photoshop Bible, for example, wich is a big book, but has a lot in it.
For French readers, I would recommand "Photoshop CS2 Pas à Pas" from Nicole Benoît. This is the one that I use for my trainings...
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I have not been disappointed in my purchase of Adobe Photoshop CS2 Classroom in a Book. From what I have seen, the book has chapters that suit everyone, whether you have years of experience with photoshop or are a complete beginner. I am somewhere in between, but found even the most basic "beginner" chapters contain some very useful information. As the book progresses the concepts become more complex and allow you to greatly expand your knowledge of PS.
But what impressed me most about Classroom in a Book was that it can be molded to fit your learning style. Included is a CD with example files for you to follow along with each lesson, trying out features as you go. However, if you are like me and do not learn as well from following a tutorial step-by-step, you dont have to use the CD. This book is written well enough and includes plenty of color screenshots that you can do just as well without the sample files. I am about halfway through the book, feel very confident in what I learned from those lessons, and have yet to pop in the CD. Using it (at least for the first half of the book) is up to you and depends on how you like to learn.
I also purchased this book, because sometime in the not-too-distant future, I am planning to take the exam to become an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Photoshop CS2. For anyone else considering taking the exam, this is the official Photoshop book. Not only is this the guide that Adobe recommends as preparation for the ACE exam, but it is also highly recommended by many of those who have taken the exam and are now certified experts in photoshop.
This book was definitely one of my best book purchases to date; I am looking forward to the release of Adobe's Classroom in a Book for GoLiveCS2!
The lessons are really easy to follow, step by step with color pictures. It also comes with a CD that contains tutorials and photographs that you work with in the lessons. Each lesson takes about 30-60 minutes, and they're fun :) It starts out easy and gets more difficult with each lesson as it gets more advanced.
Great book.. I'm going to pick up the Illustrator CS2 version when it comes out too.
Yes, a user will have completed many exercises, and will have had many "successes", building confidence along the way. All good things. Additionally, one learns the vocabulary of Photoshop, the locations of tools and palettes, and something about the program's settings.
But sadly, as a teacher, I see little deep understanding of how to use the application from those who rely solely on this text. And although knowing where things are and what they're called are important steps to passing the Adobe Certified Expert exam, it's more important to know how to achieve results in efficient ways that only real understanding--and much practice--can produce. I was fortunate to help create that exam for the last several versions of Photoshop, and I believe it tests how an adept user actually uses the program. One should be proud to pass that test!
This book will get you started, perhaps, but it won't make anyone adept or expert. Try turning to Real World Photoshop CS2 (Fraser and Blatner) or Adobe Photoshop CS2 for Photographers (Martin Evening) for that. Classes don't hurt either, but I'm biased there. But mostly, joyful, frequent, and curious use will make one an expert.
The way the lessons flow together is excellent, but I must admit that I did finish the book hungry for more. If you are looking for something to build up your confidence before tackling an advanced photoshop book - this is the ticket.
Other reviewers have already covered many of the other main points, so I wanted to focus on something that really impressed me - the design effort that has gone into this title. It's clear that Abobe Press took a lot of pride in producing this title, and it is very easy on the eye. Additionally, it has been designed to enhance learning experience with the usual classic things like objectives stated in advance, knowledge reviews and quizzes, as well as the occassional tip from an expert thrown in for good measure. The included CD also contains some nice video sequences of some of the lessons - nice bonus material.
I can only sum up the production of this book in two words - extremely professional. When I wrote to the publisher to report a small error (see the Wiki) they wrote a very polite email back to me and it seemed as though they really cared about producing a quality title. Sadly this is not the case with all publishers these days...
As soon as I finished this book I immediately placed an order for their Illustrator CS2 Classroom in a Book title. I'm sure I won't be disappointed...
Color is important in photoshop because a very small percentage of the work you'll be doing is in black and white. If the book is telling you something about color and illustrating it in black and white, it's hard to know what they are talking about.
This book has sixteen lessons that you can complete very quickly if you know what they are talking about but take longer if you're a complete beginner. The first lesson starts out with a blank work area and takes you upward from there. Primarily in tutorial style, this book is a supplement to the reference type documentation supplied with Photoshop. It provides a good way to get started and to have a complete presentation with logical flow from start to finish.
The CD supplied with the book contains illustrations from the lessons, sample movies, a collection of fonts, and other materials.
All in all, this book is well written, simple to follow, tells you enough to become if not a true expert, at least an advanced intermediate user. What more can you ask out of a book?
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